Many times people come to me for suggestions on good things to read. What I do not recommend is wasting your time on the internet reading blogs. The Church needs less up-to-the-minute sensationalism and scandal mongering, and more profound theological and spiritual penetration of what is wrong and what is right with the world, and how to live as a Christian in it. The English author Evelyn Waugh once commented, “Lay interest in ecclesiastical affairs is often a prelude to insanity.” Don’t be a churchy version of a political junkie, drunk on the human politics of the Church. Jesus is in His Kingdom, trust in Him, and be faithful to His Word.
FATHER CHRISTOPHER SMITH
Reading these words in a bulletin from a priest in a parish very favorable to tradition caused me to stop, reflect, and consider just how bad priests can be. In this particular case, the priest is telling the lay faithful to stop peeking behind the curtain into the affairs of the priests and prelates of the Roman Catholic Church. You should mind your own business. This advice is sickening.
I agree that a faithful Catholic should not allow the scandals in the Church to undermine their faith or hinder their spiritual practices. I recommend praying the rosary daily, doing spiritual reading, going to confession regularly, and adhering to a Plan of Life. I also believe in the Amish wisdom that you should read the newspaper and the Bible every morning. I would add that you should neglect neither the newspaper nor the Bible. In this way, you will be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
So, what are these blogs that Father Smith is referencing? He doesn’t say what they are, but I will tell you. These would be Church Militant, LifeSiteNews, and One Peter Five. But even if you didn’t read those blogs, you will still see those scandals covered in the National Catholic Register, EWTN, Crisis, and The Catholic Thing. And, if you shut those out, you have the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the New York Times reporting on these scandals. You would have to hide under a rock to get away from them. Father Smith is telling us to hide under the rock.
The reality is that those blogs Father Smith denigrates are doing us a valuable service in bringing this filth into the light. Do you not have a right to know if your priest is a child molester? Do you not have a right to know that the Vatican is a hothouse of sodomy and filth? Do you not have a right to know that your donations are being filched to pay for abortion, contraception, and gay cinema? Do you not have a right to know that your pope espouses heresy? I recommend that you keep reading those blogs. I know I will.
Father Smith has fallen prey to one of the chief reasons filth and corruption have galloped along unchecked in the Catholic Church, and this would be clericalism. This is when priests and prelates start to make a sharp distinction between clergy and laity with privilege for the former and disdain for the latter. I assume that Father Smith is a good priest, but he shows his conflict of interest in siding with the perverts in collars against the lay faithful. Instead of addressing our concerns, he tells us to stop looking behind the curtain at the corruption. We will be better for our ignorance. No, Father, we are not better for not knowing. Ignorance is not bliss especially when it concerns sexual molestation and rape of our children.
Father Smith does not want you to read Catholic blogs because he does not want you to know the sad and sick truth about the priests and prelates in the Catholic Church. There is no virtue in blindness and ignorance. But ignoring those awesome Catholic blogs makes his job a lot easier. It’s the same reason your doctor doesn’t want you reading WebMD. It isn’t for the sake of your health but for the sake of him making his tee time at the links at 3 o’clock. Likewise, priests prefer if you didn’t know how awful they are at being priests or that many of them are sodomites.
Don’t listen to Father Smith. Keep reading those Catholic blogs. Be an informed Catholic. You have a right to know and a duty to do whatever you can to clean up this filth. The party is over for these bastards. And they are never going to police themselves.